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Vienna: "Outside the Nazis", "Death to Fascism"

By Constantin Radut
Vienna is the European capital of music, but also of extremist ideologies, which influenced Adolf Hitler's political career at the beginning of the 20th century.
Today, Vienna and Austria are the cradle of the worst days of political metamorphosis in the European Union. Nobody knows where these tricks will be channeled.
We do not agree with the ideas of the sociologists and political scientist in Europe or America, as the re-emergence of extremist parties in Europe is rooted in the "refugee movement" from Africa and the Orient and the permissive policies of some states led by Germany. In fact, in Germany, about 6 million people live in non-Christian communities since 30-40 years ago. In France, communities with non-French origins have a much longer history. This has not led to any major slippage in respect of democratic rules and republican policies in the two major European countries.
In the smaller states in Europe, things start to deteriorate. Especially in those with origins or Germanic influences.
The most striking example is the Czech Republic, where, a few days ago, a populist and very appealing personality for the far right was installed. The new Government in Prague may be more radical against Brussels than Poland or Hungary.
But the most dangerous state of affairs in terms of the recrudescence of extremism is happening in Austria.
More than 2,000 people have shown in Vienna against the participation of the FPÖ (Freedom Party) extreme-right party in the new Austrian government led by Conservative Sebastian Kurz, while the executive sworn in the head of state, AFP reports.
Demonstrators gathered in the area where there are several ministries and the former Imperial Palace, where the new government, made up of 13 ministers, including six FPÖ members, was invested by the country's president, Alexander Van der Bellen.
The protesters channeled the demonstration to the Heroes Square, an emblematic place of Austrian history, where Hitler gave a speech in 1938 announcing the annexation of Austria to Germany.
They displayed banners that read "Outside the Nazis," "Welcome, Refugees" or "Death to Fascism". The protesters denounced the alliance agreed by new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with extreme-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache, who will hold a Vice-Chancellor's post. The FPÖ will also have three of the most important ministries - Interior, Defense and Foreign Affairs. (rbj/18.12.2018)

Angela Merkel: Russia is a force that creates an international order

By Constantin Radut
The above title creates a great deal of suspicion amongst those who have eyeglasses.
Including in Romania. Or, especially, in Romania.
The German Chancellor said yesterday at a conference in Berlin: "We see Russia that wants to be a force shaping the world order and that's what it is if we take a look at Syria."
The news does not appear on the Agerpres press agency. I have not found it in other publications in Bucharest. We have identified it by chance in the news stream of Rador, a public radio agency in Romania.
In Bucharest, an alliance of isolation with Russia was established.
Nobody knows why. No one can explain to whom it serves.
If a politician remembers something about Russia, then he is described as a person who does not want to have democracy, who wants to betray the country's Atlantic aspirations.
A real madness.
How can you isolate yourself from one of our biggest neighbors in the region? The anti-Russian attitude of the political and journalistic media in Romania is being directed by somebody. That one is even our transatlantic ally: US.
Hans Klemm, the US Ambassador to Bucharest, said recent: "Taking advantage of our democratic societies, Russia is looking for the influence on public opinion, and often on elections, through the propagation of fake news, using state media such as Russian televisions, Sputnik and social networks In some places, such as Romania, where the population is prudent to Russia's motives, the Kremlin's tactics are more subtle: Instead of trying to persuade people to support Russia's policy, they try to break the confidence of the population in the EU , NATO and our strategic partnership "
The fake news issues are in America, to the Donald Trump Administration. Not in the Romania.
Romania should be concerned about the good neighborhood with Russia and the trade with the Russian Federation.
This work is done by the Germans as well as the French and others. Even the Poles, who are in a historical dispute with Russia.
Of course, in the course of history Russia did not just deal with fake news. As far as Romania is concerned, Soviet Russia has devastated our national territory and the national economy.
But history does not have to bring us any wrongs right now. History teaches us that we must deal with Russia in a pragmatic way. The great diplomat Nicolae Titulescu, Romanian Foreign Minister in 1935-1936, after lengthy talks and disputes with his counterpart Litvinv, said: "I consider the Franco-Russian friendship as an axiom. Its inescapable consequence is a Russian-Romanian friendship." (rbj/12.12.2017)

Mutter Angela: Stop and go?

By Constantin Radut
Three months after parliamentary elections, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is beaten by the reality. Maybe by the rigidity.
Germany, the country that has accustomed us to stability and rigor, shows strong weaknesses in its political infrastructure. Diverse and contradictory. Heterogeneous
Today, November 20, after many meetings with CSU Bavarians, with the FDP liberals and the Green Party, Angela Merkel sees himself defeated. Partners for a possible coalition in the Bundestag do not agree with Mrs Merkel's conservatism.
Germany is entering a new era. That of uncertainties. For her and for Europe.
It is for the first time in the post-war history of Germany when the general election does not end with the formation of a government.
A sad record whose protagonist is Angela Merkel.
The German machine does not work anymore. Perhaps the electorate wants something else. Perhaps the Germans do not want Mutte Angela anymore.
And yet, tonight, Angela Merkel said that if the early elections (perhaps in January-February 2018 ?!), she, the current Chancellor defeated, wants to be the Chancellor again. To beat it again.
The curiosity of things.
Germany enters the moving sands. This does not do good to anyone.
Neither Germany nor Europe. Especially of the Europe that needs the reforms promised by French President Emmanuel Macron.
Why does Angela Merkel want to be, again, Chancellor of Germanny?
Are not there any political figures in Germany to lead the country?
We hope Mrs Merkel does not want to be a matusalem in Germany's recent history.

It was over with the providential leaders. With the life leaders.
Will Germany give us a new political lesson? An unusual one.(rbj/20.11.2017)

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